Six deserving architectural students, three from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and three from the University of the Witwatersrand, were awarded bursaries to the value of R150 000.
This is thanks to a joint venture bursary programme between the Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIFA) and Marley Building Systems, who sponsored R100 000 of the total bursary money.

Sean Singh, marketing and business development manager for Marley Building Systems, points out that through this partnership with GIFA, the company contributes to “the building of a sustainable architectural society in South Africa by enabling and supporting these brilliant young minds to reach their dream of becoming professional architects”.

The candidate shortlist was compiled by the respective universities and presented to GIFA based on the strict selection criteria of academic performance and financial need. The students had to be either in their final undergraduate year or busy with their post-graduate degree (M.Arch.).

GIFA also requested the bursary recipients to have some level of involvement in the Student Committee that will operate under the control of the institution’s Education Committee. GIFA president, Kumarsen Thamburan, believes this will be an important link that will help to create closer ties between GIFA and the universities.

“There are far too many deserving students out there who are very capable of succeeding in their academic careers, but are restricted by financial need,” he says, adding that he hopes the bursary programme can be sustained by the institute.

Acknowledgement is given to GIFA and Marley Buidling Systems for the information given to write this article.

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Pictured at the awarding of the bursaries at GIFA in Johannesburg are (l to r): Marley Building Systems’ Specifying Manager: Commercial, Clarence Kachipande; GIFA President, Kumarsen Thamburan; Marley Building Systems’ Marketing Manager, Sese Matlapeng; and Marley Building Systems’ Marketing & Business Development Manager, Sean Singh.